It’s that time of year once again! Time to start thinking about getting your flu jab. Flu is an infectious and common viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. Flu is different from a common cold. It is caused by a different group of viruses and tends to have more severe and longer lasting symptoms. Flu can be caught throughout the year, but is especially common during the winter. Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to protect people at risk of flu and it’s complications. Flu can be unpleasant but if you are otherwise healthy, it will usually clear up on its own within a week. However, flu can be more severe if you are over 65 years old, pregnant, have an underlying health condition or have a weakened immune system. About 600 people die from flu each year in the UK (according to NHS Choices). So it is important to have your flu vaccination if you are included in one of more of the at risk groups. You are eligible for a flu vaccination if you are:
- Over 65 years old
- Registered carer
- If you have any of the following conditions:
- Chronic Respiratory Disease
- Chronic Neurological Disease
- Chronic Heart Disease
- Chronic Liver Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease or/and if you are known to have a low immunity.
We will be holding flu clinics here at the practice. All flu vaccinations will be given during specific flu clinics where patients will need to book an appointment ahead of time.
We will also be offering other types of vaccinations to eligible patients the same time as the flu jabs.
We will be offering the Zostavax vaccine to protect against shingles to all patients that are eligible.
As with previous years, we will also be offering the pneumonia vaccination to patients aged 65 years or more if they have not had it before. If you are unsure as to whether or not you are eligible for the flu vaccination or any of these additional vaccinations, please speak to a nurse or your GP.
This year, all children aged 2, 3 & 4 and at risk children between the age of 2 and 17 years will be offered the flu vaccination in a nasal spray form called Fluenz. You will be informed if your child is eligible for this vaccination.
To book an appointment during one of the above flu clinics, please contact reception.